This week I had the privilege of previewing the fall 2011 collection by Brian Atwood, which was drop dead amazing. The quality and choices of detail, embellishment, and hardware used were phenomenal. No wonder is brand (launched in 2001) quickly blew up with success. The old-school way in which he runs his company by overseeing every sketch and step of the design process really pays off in the final product. His personal involvement truly gives the label its very personal, and luxurious touches of detail without going overboard or getting gaudy. I could have drooled, as shelves full of dreamy feather-coated booties, and sexy metal toothpick thin stilettos surrounded me. Also, the more daytime suede platform chunky heel covered in heavy studded metal hardware is amazing for a day at the office or even a fall diner party. The collection used really rich cranberry and camel tones combined with crazy textures and details, which couldn’t be more perfect for fall. So cozy, and so yummy- the luxe accessory collection has me feeling slightly more content with our yucky chilly weather as we wait for the warm weather to hit for spring!
Another favorite preview for me that day was the Porter Grey collection. The American based sportswear collection was to die for. The structured pleats, and stiff shorts were so crisp and so prefect especially combined with the floaty blouses, chiffon details, and messy florals, which were oh so cleverly thrown into the mix. The proper schoolgirly looks were so perfectly combined with the harsh leather sleeves, and the dark styling used in the look book. The preppy with a dark edge mood was spot on for them. I totally fell in love with the abstract floral jumpers and the crisp pleating done in such a romantic vintage manner. The looks will be perfect with falls upcoming pony hair bag trend, bunchy socks, sweater tights and a chunky pair of harsh lace up boots. Another highlight of the collection is the beautiful jumpers and jumpsuits, which are so feminine and soft but done in such deep rich colors. The mahogany, black, brown, and deep cranberry shades blend in a necessary contrast to those soft vintage and schoolgirl inspired pieces. The clever back cutouts add such an interest to the crisp, classic jumpers and mini dresses. The structured pieces are clearly well crafted, with their gorgeous interior construction and perfect welt pockets which are so generously tossed into many of the garments. The beautiful gold metal buttons and zippers add a necessary bit of metal and such an appropriate heaviness into the stiffer garments. And, the coolest part of this is that every single piece is constructed right here in New York.
The Joy Coici fall 2011 pieces are brilliant. From the delicious featherweight rabbit fur dresses that melt into your fingertips, to the whimsical pink crystallized satin bomber… the pieces couldn’t be more lavish. The predominately soft nude pink and grey colors play perfectly with the chunky cable knit looks, and the frilly chiffon pieces, which balance out the chunky fuzziness of the line. The sweater pants with the sweaters on top are such a clever monochromatic outfit bursting with texture and rich knit patterns. Joy filled this fall with gorgeous furs, velvets and knits which perfectly warm up your favorite romantic pastels, sexy gowns, and frilly silks. The cropped chiffon blouses are so artfully draped and layered especially with her soft satin pants, and the ultra playful bodysuits. The collection has a gorgeous feminine touch with a crazy amount of texture and sexy dresses to keep it from getting too fluffy or cutesy. The line is so playful and so effortless in a really feminine and romantic way. Joys background in luxury and contemporary markets really shines this season and has allowed her to showcase her rare attention to detail to stand out in your everyday ready to wear garments.
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